A Boostrap styled markdown editor that offers configurable toolbar, live preview, export, fullscreen mode, and more features.

v1.0.0 2021-09-14 07:30 UTC

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A Bootstrap styled markdown editor that converts a native HTML textarea to an advanced markdown editor. The editor offers live preview, export, full screen mode, and more features. The editor includes inbuilt support for markdown parsing using markdown-it JS based parser. However, the editor can support any markdown parser via javascript library / method or even a server based parser via an ajax action. Other markdown parsers are configurable (both as a server call OR a local JS method/library). In addition, the plugin allows custom button actions and properties to be setup.


  • Inbuilt support for advanced markdown syntax editing and formatting via the markdown-it JS based parser. The key features of the markdown-it parser are:
    • It follows the CommonMark spec and adds syntax extensions & sugar (URL autolinking, typographer).
    • Configurable syntax! You can add new rules and even replace existing ones.
    • High speed.
    • Safe by default.
    • Community-written plugins and other packages on npm.
  • In addition to supporting all common markdown syntax formats, this also includes support for various markdown-it plugins like emojis, smart arrows, checkboxes, subscript, superscript, definition list, footnote, abbreviation, marked / inserted text etc.
  • Advanced additional support for emojis and emoticons to be inserted. The editor also supports using rendering emojis using twitter emojis {twemoji}.
  • The editor can be configured to use any markdown based parser OR even use a server based parsing via AJAX action.
  • Inbuilt live preview and conversion of the markdown text to HTML formatted text. The editor can be toggled and configured to be set in one of the three modes:
    • Editor Mode: Displays only the editor for editing the markdown text.
    • Preview Mode: Displays only the preview for viewing the HTML formatted text.
    • Split Mode: Shows both the editor and preview modes split side by side.
  • One can configure the editor to by default to open in one of the above modes.
  • Offers live preview and synchronized scrolling between editor and preview when typing text OR scrolling in the editor. This is especially useful in the Split Mode.
  • The editor also includes inbuilt support for FULL SCREEN mode toggling and editing. One can toggle the editor to FULL screen for any of the above modes.
  • One can also configure the editor to by default open in full screen mode if needed.
  • Highly extensible and easily configurable toolbar buttons and actions. Supports 4 different toolbar button locations (Header Left, Header Right, Footer Left, and Footer Right).
  • Inbuilt support for unlimited undo and redo of editing actions via an inbuilt UndoStack library.
  • Intelligently senses a FORM RESET (if the input is enveloped in a form) and resets the editor to original state on form reset including the undo / redo stack.
  • Toolbar buttons use FontAwesome icons by default and require the FontAwesome CSS to be loaded. But one can configure the editor to use any icons or CSS styling.
  • Offers THEME support for easily styling the editor for one's own theme.
  • Advanced styling and configuration available via templates and setting various CSS and layout properties.
  • Inbuilt EXPORT feature to allow exporting the editor content as
    • TEXT
    • HTML
  • The editor allows inbuilt support for exported content to be directly downloaded via Data URIs that is supported by most modern browsers.
  • The export download can also be configured to use a server based URL action to download content.
  • Offers inbuilt localization and translation support and allows using multiple language markdown editors on the same page.


View the plugin documentation and plugin demos at Krajee JQuery plugins.


  1. Bootstrap (5.x or 4.x or 3.x)
  2. Font Awesome Icons 5.x Free or other icons via your own themes (repo includes FA4 theme for Font Awesome 4.x icons).
  3. Latest JQuery
  4. Most modern browsers supporting HTML5, CSS3 & JQuery.
  5. If using the default export feature (without ajax), the browser must support data uri.
  6. If using the default parser feature (without ajax), the markdown-it javascript parser is required. This library is available in the plugins directory of the repo.
  7. If using the default code highlighting feature via markdown-it parser, the highlight.js library is required. This library is available in the plugins directory of the repo.
  8. Note most formatting buttons have been configured for the markdown-it parser. For rendering the emojis, your Markdown parser must support smileys generation.
  9. For rendering emojis using twitter emojis {twemoji}, you need to load the twitter emojis CSS. Note that twitter twemoji graphics are licensed under CC-BY 4.0.


Using Bower

You can use the bower package manager to install. Run:

bower install krajee-markdown-editor

Using Composer

You can use the composer package manager to install. Either run:

$ php composer.phar require kartik-v/krajee-markdown-editor "@dev"

or add:

"kartik-v/krajee-markdown-editor": "@dev"

to your composer.json file

Manual Install

You can also manually install the plugin easily to your project. Just download the source ZIP or TAR ball and extract the plugin assets (css and js folders) into your project.


Step 1: Load the following assets in your header. Please read the accompanying comments to understand optional components.

<!-- any of bootstrap 5.x, 4.x, 3.x styling is supported. Plugin auto detects bootstrap version based on 
    bootstrap JS library loaded on the page. Else set `$.fn.markdownEditorBsVersion` explicitly before initializing the plugin -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@5.1.1/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css" crossorigin="anonymous">
<!-- Font Awesome 5.x Icon library (check themes to change this) -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://use.fontawesome.com/releases/v5.9.0/css/all.css">
<!-- Krajee Markdown Editor Main Library Default Style -->
<link href="/path/to/css/markdown-editor.css" media="all" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"/>
<!-- Highlight JS style provided with plugin for code styling -->
<link href="/path/to/plugins/highlight/highlight.min.css" media="all" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"/>
<!-- jQuery JS Library -->
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.2.1.min.js"></script>
<!-- Twitter Emojis Plugin (if you need twitter emojis) -->
<script src="https://twemoji.maxcdn.com/v/latest/twemoji.min.js"></script>
<!-- Include DOM purify plugin if you need to purify HTML output (needed only if markdown-it HTML input 
   is allowed). This must be loaded before markdown-editor.js. -->
< script src="/path/to/plugins/purify/purify.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Main Library -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Definition List Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-deflist.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Footnote Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-footnote.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Abbreviation Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-abbr.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Subscript Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-sub.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Superscript Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-sup.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Underline/Inserted Text Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-ins.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Mark Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-mark.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT SmartArrows Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-smartarrows.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Checkbox Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-checkbox.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT East Asian Characters Line Break Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-cjk-breaks.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Markdown IT Emoji Plugin -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/markdown-it/markdown-it-emoji.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Highlight JS Main Plugin Library for code styling -->
<script src="/path/to/plugins/highlight/highlight.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Bootstrap Complete Bundle Library (including Popper) -->
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/bootstrap@5.1.1/dist/js/bootstrap.bundle.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Krajee Markdown Editor Main Library -->
<script src="/path/to/js/markdown-editor.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<!-- Optionally include theme.js script or theme.css for a different theme if needed -->
<!-- script src="/path/to/themes/fa5/theme.js" type="text/javascript"></script -->
<!-- Optionally include localization script for your language if needed -->
<!-- script src="/path/to/js/locales/en.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

If you noticed, you need to load the jquery.min.js and bootstrap.min.css in addition to the markdown-editor.min.css and markdown-editor.min.js. The locale file locales/<lang>.js can be optionally included for translating for your language if needed. Most of the other CSS and JS are needed for the functionality provided by the relevant plugins as mentioned in the inline comments.

Step 2: Initialize the plugin on your page. For example, your markup should be a basic textarea:

<textarea id="textarea-id"></textarea>

Then initialize this javascript below on document ready.

// initialize with defaults

// with plugin options
$("#textarea-id").markdownEditor({'startFullScreen': true, 'markdownItOptions': {html: true}});

The #input-id is the identifier for the input (e.g. type = file) on your page, which is hidden automatically by the plugin.

Alternatively, you can directly call the plugin options by setting data attributes to your input field.

<textarea id="input-id" class="markdown" data-language="ru" data-rows=16>

For details, view the plugin documentation and plugin demos at Krajee JQuery plugins.


As shown in the installation section, you can load a locale file /markdown-editor_locale_<lang>.js after the core markdown-editor.min.js file, where <lang> is the language code (e.g. de, fr etc.). If locale file does not exist, you can submit a translation for the new language via a new pull request to add to this folder. Use the sample locale file to copy and create a translation configuration for your own language.


krajee-markdown-editor is released under the BSD 3-Clause License. See the bundled LICENSE.md for details.